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Towndowner Records

Towndowner Records says hello from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with traditional and original music, sound collage, poetry and spoken word.

Our artists include:

The Shakes - Mark Lane writes, sings lead, and plays guitar. Dan Easley accompanies with a variety of instruments and vocal stylings. Crystal Shrewsbury provides the foundation on upright bass. Hints of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and The Flaming Lips.

The Kindly Ones are Dan Easley and Frédéric Dorée. Frédéric is an electronic musician orginially from Liege, Belgium. They've released two albums and a very long single, mostly via email, with semiannual face-to-face jams and mixing sessions. The Kindly Ones are currently working on their third full-length release.

Dan Easley - Dan writes and sings tunes and songs, engineers and produces, and plays guitars, mandolin, accordion, and saxophone (and almost plays a bunch more). He grew up with Nat King Cole, Motown, and Mozart; in his early teens focused on Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, and The Pink Floyd; now counts among his influences The Skillet Lickers, Robert Wyatt, Louis Armstrong, Can, The Pentangle, Carl Stalling, and Thelonious Monk. Most of Dan's solo output is original, with (sometimes rather odd) arrangements of traditional folk songs thrown in here and there.

Easley and Deaton - improvised music and soundscapes along with original songs. Mike Deaton is a drummer and drumming instructor/facilitator who performs for and teaches thousands of people a year. Easley and Deaton released two tracks under the title Mother Moon — they can also be heard on Pogo Bonobo, and accompanying Chad Gusler on his album of stories, Torn Advertisements.

The Burnt Possum Poets are Dan Easley (song), Jeremy Frey (poetry) and Chad Gusler (stories). The three have been conspiring and performing together for since 2001, after meeting downtown at some cultural event. Dan sez: "We'd been meeting around a fire at Karl Shank's house when Karl mentioned a fox he'd seen dead on the road. It seemed ignominous at the time to let it rot away on the road for weeks, it being such a noble animal, so we went off with a pitchfork to collect it's body and throw it on the fire - a proper funeral pyre. Alas, when we went to where the fox was said to be, it was not there - but there was a possum nearby."

He adds: "Maybe it was the whiskey, or all that smoke from the fire clouding our senses, but once the possum's hair had singed off, the fat started running and it smelled pretty good. We took the conservative route and went to an all-night diner instead - but it was inspiring."

The Burnt Possum Poets appear on Pogo bonobo, and Chad has a record of stories backed with improvised music: Torn Advertisements. Their written and visual work can be found at burntpossum.com.


Please visit our website at towndowner.com.

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Dan Easley's debut record, chock-full of misdirected love songs and odes to the bemusing disarray of our everyday lives. Tight modern pop (well, okay, rather loose antiquated and quirky) songs centered around an original voice and acoustic guitar style, accented by guest performances by Nathan Garrett. see towndowner records for more information. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License .
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A collection of pieces by the Burnt Possum Poets and Easley and Deaton. Dan Easley (vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Mike Deaton (electronic and traditional percussion) begin with a novelty song entitled "Pogo bonobo". Dan explains: "Pogo bonobo is a sort of genus-species name - he must be some sort of ape fond of bouncing. Pogo was a possum in a political cartoon I read as a kid. To be honest, the whole song is a ripoff of Bela Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin Suite. I can't wait...
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a collection of styles from one man: ambient to appalachian to agressive to plaintive to powerful. then off to the store for some groceries. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License .
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Triumvirate of Meaning self-fractured-reality reality-fractured-self fractured-self-reality Rubrick 'A' Fractalysis of the mind (the construction of the self as a multitude of multitudes.) 1, 3, 4, 8 The mind leading the mind - applied pressure of behaviours and concepts into the wills of others. 1, 9, 10 The romantic confusions of young men and women: proper fodder for hungry ears. 1, 2, 7, 15, 16, 18 The global political and economic situation current to this record balanced by a series of...
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Frédéric Dorée and Dan Easley combine forces to become The Kindly Ones, saving the world with delicate fury and precise abandon. In Greek mythology the Erinyes or Eumenides (the Romans called them the Furies) were female personifications of vengeance. They were usually said to have been born from the blood of Uranus when Cronus castrated him. According to a variant account, they were born from Nyx. Their number is usually left indeterminate, though Virgil, probably working from an...
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naive music - early attempts at pop songs that under no circumstances should be released to the public.
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early works / juvenilia archive volume two: suites for machines 30 minutes of electro-organic ambient cheese-rock - early-90's video game music led by a madman in a straight jacket screamsinging lounge. written performed and recorded by a twenty year old in the middle of the night in his tiny apartment when not working at pizza hut. fun, looking back. a second attempt. for more information see towndowner records . This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License .
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Chad Gusler reads some of his shorter stories, with improvised backup by Easley and Deaton (synths and percussion, respectively.) Recorded live to DAT in April of 2004 at The Playhouse in Harrisonburg, VA
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early works / juvenilia archive volume one: the soleaux tapes being roughly 23 minutes of organic ambient cheese written performed and recorded by an eighteen year old in the middle of the night in an alaskan radio station. no, really. a first attempt. for more information see towndowner records . This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License .
Topics: Ambient, Experimental, Electro-organic
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